The definition of a civilized society is a polite humane culture. In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain and The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson, both authors prove that the American uncivilized our society is. They explain that an adult’s attempt to civilize children is what makes society uncivilized because it makes children biased to the rules of society. Bryson and Twain express their beliefs on the American experience is an uncivilized society and adults degrade the values that children contains.Bryson and Twain believe that part of the American experience is the innocence children contain, making them more open-minded to new experiences. When Bryson states, “Life in the kid’s world, wherever you went, was unsupervised, reregulated, and robustly physical, and yet it was a remarkably peaceful place” (Bryson 37). Bryson is describing how children were allowed to roam wherever they desired. They had no authority that supervised their every move. The only rules they had, were the ones they created, and this allows them to live in a serene place. Bryson is suggesting that many of the complications in society are brought on by an adult’s complex knowledge. The limited knowledge that kid’s have on society allows them to live in a peaceful place because they are not yet introduced to all the bad in the world and always see the good. Bryson shows how innocent kids are when he says, “As he reached out to open the door, bolts of electricity flew from my wildly dilated eyes and played over his body. He shimmered for an instant…and was gone. It was the birth of Thunder Vision” (Bryson 59). Bryson shows how innocent he was as a kid through his imagination. As a child he created Thunderbolt Kid who uses h…
…use many slaves were intelligent and clever, a quality that could help society advance, but it is the unfaltering views of the whites on the slaves that prevents their society from achieving its full potential.Bryson and Twain prove that the American experience is a repetition of events through adventures of young children that are not acquainted with the rules of society. Bryson and Twain suggest that society is vulnerable to the ingemination of events. Children do and believe in the things they see around them; if children are surrounded by a society that has already been annihilated by previous ancestors, then society is bound to keep making the same mistake.
Bryson, Bill. The Life and Times of Thunderbolt Kid a Memoir. New York: Broadway, 2007. Print.Twain, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Berkeley: University of California, 2003. Print